Orlando’s Lesser Known Attractions - Part II

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Orlando’s Lesser Known Attractions - Part II

While the big names, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Sea World, are the main crowd pullers to the Orlando Metropolitan area, there are also a great many smaller attractions that are well worth a visit if you are holidaying in the area and feel that you need something just a bit different.

In a previous article I tried to give you a taste of such diverse attractions as Fantasy of Flight, The World of Orchids and Magical Midway.

Owned by the same company as Magical Midway is Wonder Works. This apparently ‘upside down’ house is billed as an experimental laboratory that was picked up ‘somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle’ by a tornado and deposited in Florida with its experimental equipment intact. So now you can go inside and try your hand at the experiments; maybe take a seat in a Shuttle Lander and use your coordination skills to manoeuvre the controls to successfully land the Discovery Space Shuttle or try on a life size replica of an Astronaut Space Suit. With the aid of blue-screen technology young, and old, sports fans can immerse themselves in a computer generated 3-dimensional world and become part of a basketball or football game.

Experience an Earthquake simulator or fly a fighter jet, immerse yourself in a giant bubble that you have just created or try out a bed of nails! . These are just some of the attractions to entertain you at the Wonder Works, which is quite easily found, just next to the Pointe Orlando Entertainment and Shopping Complex on International drive.

At the other end of the scale (no real pun intended! ) and just to the south of Pointe Orlando is an exhibit for both young and old model train enthusiasts. The layouts in Train Land International cover over 4, 800 square feet and it is one of the largest G-gauge layouts in the world. More than 3, 000 feet of track twist and turn through small towns, mountain passes, industrial zones, and idyllic farmland, including a spur line to Santa-Land. Admission is just $8 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.

For all round family fun a game of crazy golf is hard to beat and if you want something a bit different then a visit to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is ideal. Here you can fine-tune your skills as you putt through mountain caves, under waterfalls and over footbridges in a lush setting with a swashbuckling pirate theme. Pirate’s Cove has two locations; Lake Buena Vista and International Drive. The courses stay open until 11. 30 pm and a round costs $9. 95 / $8. 95 for the 18 hole Blackbeard’s Challenge and Captain’s courses and £13. 95 / $12. 95 for the 36-hole Adventure Course.

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